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Psalm 37:39

The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; he is their refuge in the time of trouble (NRSV).

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Asaph

Asaph is one of the musicians highlighted in the Old Testament.

He gets credit as the author of Psalm 78.

The term “maskil” is explained in great detail here.

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Psalm 78

A Maskil of Asaph.

Give ear, O my people, to my teaching;
    incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
I will open my mouth in a parable;
    I will utter dark sayings from of old,
things that we have heard and known,
    that our ancestors have told us.
We will not hide them from their children;
    we will tell to the coming generation
the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might,
    and the wonders that he has done.

He established a decree in Jacob,
    and appointed a law in Israel,
which he commanded our ancestors
    to teach to their children;
that the next generation might know them,
    the children yet unborn,
and rise up and tell them to their children,
    so that they should set their hope in God,
and not forget the works of God,
    but keep his commandments;
and that they should not be like their ancestors,
    a stubborn and rebellious generation,
a generation whose heart was not steadfast,
    whose spirit was not faithful to God.

The Ephraimites, armed with the bow,
    turned back on the day of battle.
They did not keep God’s covenant,
    but refused to walk according to his law.
They forgot what he had done,
    and the miracles that he had shown them.
In the sight of their ancestors he worked marvels
    in the land of Egypt, in the fields of Zoan.
He divided the sea and let them pass through it,
    and made the waters stand like a heap.
In the daytime he led them with a cloud,
    and all night long with a fiery light.
He split rocks open in the wilderness,
    and gave them drink abundantly as from the deep.
He made streams come out of the rock,
    and caused waters to flow down like rivers.

Yet they sinned still more against him,
    rebelling against the Most High in the desert.
They tested God in their heart
    by demanding the food they craved.
They spoke against God, saying,
    “Can God spread a table in the wilderness?
Even though he struck the rock so that water gushed out
    and torrents overflowed,
can he also give bread,
    or provide meat for his people?”

Therefore, when the Lord heard, he was full of rage;
    a fire was kindled against Jacob,
    his anger mounted against Israel,
because they had no faith in God,
    and did not trust his saving power.
Yet he commanded the skies above,
    and opened the doors of heaven;
he rained down on them manna to eat,
    and gave them the grain of heaven.
Mortals ate of the bread of angels;
    he sent them food in abundance.
He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens,
    and by his power he led out the south wind;
he rained flesh upon them like dust,
    winged birds like the sand of the seas;
he let them fall within their camp,
    all around their dwellings.
And they ate and were well filled,
    for he gave them what they craved.
But before they had satisfied their craving,
    while the food was still in their mouths,
the anger of God rose against them
    and he killed the strongest of them,
    and laid low the flower of Israel.

In spite of all this they still sinned;
    they did not believe in his wonders.
So he made their days vanish like a breath,
    and their years in terror.
When he killed them, they sought for him;
    they repented and sought God earnestly.
They remembered that God was their rock,
    the Most High God their redeemer.
But they flattered him with their mouths;
    they lied to him with their tongues.
Their heart was not steadfast toward him;
    they were not true to his covenant.
Yet he, being compassionate,
    forgave their iniquity,
    and did not destroy them;
often he restrained his anger,
    and did not stir up all his wrath.
He remembered that they were but flesh,
    a wind that passes and does not come again.
How often they rebelled against him in the wilderness
    and grieved him in the desert!
They tested God again and again,
    and provoked the Holy One of Israel.
They did not keep in mind his power,
    or the day when he redeemed them from the foe;
when he displayed his signs in Egypt,
    and his miracles in the fields of Zoan.
He turned their rivers to blood,
    so that they could not drink of their streams.
He sent among them swarms of flies, which devoured them,
    and frogs, which destroyed them.
He gave their crops to the caterpillar,
    and the fruit of their labor to the locust.
He destroyed their vines with hail,
    and their sycamores with frost.
He gave over their cattle to the hail,
    and their flocks to thunderbolts.
He let loose on them his fierce anger,
    wrath, indignation, and distress,
    a company of destroying angels.
He made a path for his anger;
    he did not spare them from death,
    but gave their lives over to the plague.
He struck all the firstborn in Egypt,
    the first issue of their strength in the tents of Ham.
Then he led out his people like sheep,
    and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.
He led them in safety, so that they were not afraid;
    but the sea overwhelmed their enemies.
And he brought them to his holy hill,
    to the mountain that his right hand had won.
He drove out nations before them;
    he apportioned them for a possession
    and settled the tribes of Israel in their tents.

Yet they tested the Most High God,
    and rebelled against him.
    They did not observe his decrees,
but turned away and were faithless like their ancestors;
    they twisted like a treacherous bow.
For they provoked him to anger with their high places;
    they moved him to jealousy with their idols.
When God heard, he was full of wrath,
    and he utterly rejected Israel.
He abandoned his dwelling at Shiloh,
    the tent where he dwelt among mortals,
and delivered his power to captivity,
    his glory to the hand of the foe.
He gave his people to the sword,
    and vented his wrath on his heritage.
Fire devoured their young men,
    and their girls had no marriage song.
Their priests fell by the sword,
    and their widows made no lamentation.
Then the Lord awoke as from sleep,
    like a warrior shouting because of wine.
He put his adversaries to rout;
    he put them to everlasting disgrace.

He rejected the tent of Joseph,
    he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim;
but he chose the tribe of Judah,
    Mount Zion, which he loves.
He built his sanctuary like the high heavens,
    like the earth, which he has founded forever.
He chose his servant David,
    and took him from the sheepfolds;
from tending the nursing ewes he brought him
    to be the shepherd of his people Jacob,
    of Israel, his inheritance.
With upright heart he tended them,
    and guided them with skillful hand (NRSV).

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Psalm 75:4

“I discipline the arrogant by telling them, ‘No more bragging.’
    I discipline the wicked by saying, ‘Do not raise your horn to demonstrate your power.

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Psalm 37

A song of David.

Don’t get upset about evil people.
    Don’t be jealous of those who do wrong.
They are like grass and other green plants
    that dry up quickly and then die.
So trust in the Lord and do good.
    Live on your land and be dependable.
Enjoy serving the Lord,
    and he will give you whatever you ask for.
Depend on the Lord.
    Trust in him, and he will help you.
He will make it as clear as day that you are right.
    Everyone will see that you are being fair.
Trust in the Lord and wait quietly for his help.
    Don’t be angry when people make evil plans and succeed.
Don’t become so angry and upset that you, too, want to do evil.
The wicked will be destroyed,
    but those who call to the Lord for help will get the land he promised.
In a short time there will be no more evil people.
    You can look for them all you want, but they will be gone.
Humble people will get the land God promised,
    and they will enjoy peace.

The wicked plan bad things for those who are good.
    They show their teeth in anger at them.
But our Lord will laugh at them.
    He will make sure they get what they deserve.
The wicked draw their swords to kill the poor and the helpless.
    They aim their arrows to murder all who live right.
But their bows will break,
    and their swords will pierce their own hearts.
A few good people are better
    than a large crowd of those who are evil.
The wicked will be destroyed,
    but the Lord cares for those who are good.
The Lord protects pure people all their life.
    Their reward will continue forever.
When trouble comes,
    good people will not be destroyed.
When times of hunger come,
    good people will have plenty to eat.
But evil people are the Lord’s enemies,
    and they will be destroyed.
Their valleys will dry up and burn.
    They will be destroyed completely.
The wicked borrow money and never pay it back.
    But good people are kind and generous.
Everyone the Lord blesses will get the land he promised.
    Everyone he curses will be destroyed.
The Lord shows us how we should live,
    and he is pleased when he sees people living that way.
If they stumble, they will not fall,
    because the Lord reaches out to steady them.
I was young, and now I am old,
    but I have never seen good people left with no one to help them;
    I have never seen their children begging for food.
They are kind and generous,
    and their children are a blessing.
Stop doing anything evil and do good,
    and you will always have a place to live.
The Lord loves what is right,
    and he will never leave his followers without help.
He will always protect them,
    but he will destroy the families of the wicked.
Good people will get the land God promised
    and will live on it forever.
Those who do what is right give good advice.
    Their decisions are always fair.
They have learned God’s teachings,
    and they will never stop living right.

The wicked are always looking for ways to kill good people.
But the Lord will not let the wicked defeat them.
    He will not let good people be judged guilty.
Do what the Lord says, and wait for his help.
    He will reward you and give you the land he promised.
    You will see the wicked being forced to leave.

I once saw a wicked man who was powerful.
    He was like a strong, healthy tree.
But then he was gone.
    I looked for him, but I could not find him.
Be pure and honest.
    Peace loving people will have many descendants.
But those who break the law will be destroyed completely.
    And their descendants will be forced to leave the land.
The Lord saves those who are good.
    When they have troubles, he is their strength.
The Lord helps good people and rescues them.
    They depend on him, so he rescues them from the wicked (ERV).

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Psalm 37

Of David.

Fret not yourself because of evildoers;
    be not envious of wrongdoers!
For they will soon fade like the grass
    and wither like the green herb.

Trust in the Lord, and do good;
    dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the Lord,
    and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord;
    trust in him, and he will act.
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
    and your justice as the noonday.

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;
    fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way,
    over the man who carries out evil devices!

Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath!
    Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.
For the evildoers shall be cut off,
    but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.

In just a little while, the wicked will be no more;
    though you look carefully at his place, he will not be there.
But the meek shall inherit the land
    and delight themselves in abundant peace.

The wicked plots against the righteous
    and gnashes his teeth at him,
but the Lord laughs at the wicked,
    for he sees that his day is coming.

The wicked draw the sword and bend their bows
    to bring down the poor and needy,
    to slay those whose way is upright;
their sword shall enter their own heart,
    and their bows shall be broken.

Better is the little that the righteous has
    than the abundance of many wicked.
For the arms of the wicked shall be broken,
    but the Lord upholds the righteous.

The Lord knows the days of the blameless,
    and their heritage will remain forever;
they are not put to shame in evil times;
    in the days of famine they have abundance.

But the wicked will perish;
    the enemies of the Lord are like the glory of the pastures;
    they vanish—like smoke they vanish away.

The wicked borrows but does not pay back,
    but the righteous is generous and gives;
for those blessed by the Lord shall inherit the land,
    but those cursed by him shall be cut off.

The steps of a man are established by the Lord,
    when he delights in his way;
though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong,
    for the Lord upholds his hand.

I have been young, and now am old,
    yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken
    or his children begging for bread.
He is ever lending generously,
    and his children become a blessing.

Turn away from evil and do good;
    so shall you dwell forever.
For the Lord loves justice;
    he will not forsake his saints.
They are preserved forever,
    but the children of the wicked shall be cut off.
The righteous shall inherit the land
    and dwell upon it forever.

The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom,
    and his tongue speaks justice.
The law of his God is in his heart;
    his steps do not slip.

The wicked watches for the righteous
    and seeks to put him to death.
The Lord will not abandon him to his power
    or let him be condemned when he is brought to trial.

Wait for the Lord and keep his way,
    and he will exalt you to inherit the land;
    you will look on when the wicked are cut off.

I have seen a wicked, ruthless man,
    spreading himself like a green laurel tree.
But he passed away, and behold, he was no more;
    though I sought him, he could not be found.

Mark the blameless and behold the upright,
    for there is a future for the man of peace.
But transgressors shall be altogether destroyed;
    the future of the wicked shall be cut off.

The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord;
    he is their stronghold in the time of trouble.
The Lord helps them and delivers them;
    he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
    because they take refuge in him (ESV).

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Psalm 37

By David:

Don’t be upset by evildoers
or envious of those who do wrong,
for soon they will wither like grass
and fade like the green in the fields.
Trust in Adonai, and do good;
settle in the land, and feed on faithfulness.
Then you will delight yourself in Adonai,
and he will give you your heart’s desire.

Commit your way to Adonai;
trust in him, and he will act.
He will make your vindication shine forth like light,
the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.

Be still before Adonai;
wait patiently till he comes.
Don’t be upset by those whose way
succeeds because of their wicked plans.
Stop being angry, put aside rage,
and don’t be upset — it leads to evil.

For evildoers will be cut off,
but those hoping in Adonai will inherit the land.
Soon the wicked will be no more;
you will look for his place, and he won’t be there.
But the meek will inherit the land
and delight themselves in abundant peace.

The wicked plots against the righteous
and grinds his teeth at him;
but Adonai laughs at the wicked,
knowing his day will come.
The wicked have unsheathed their swords,
they have strung their bows
to bring down the poor and needy,
to slaughter those whose way is upright.
But their swords will pierce their own hearts,
and their bows will be broken.

Better the little that the righteous has
than the wealth of all the wicked.
For the arms of the wicked will be broken,
but Adonai upholds the righteous.
Adonai knows what the wholehearted suffer,
but their inheritance lasts forever.
They will not be distressed when times are hard;
when famine comes, they will have plenty.

For the wicked will perish;
Adonai’s enemies will be like sheep fat,
ending up as smoke, finished.
The wicked borrows and doesn’t repay,
but the righteous is generous and gives.
For those blessed by [Adonai] will inherit the land,
but those cursed by him will be cut off.

Adonai directs a person’s steps,
and he delights in his way.
He may stumble, but he won’t fall headlong,
for Adonai holds him by the hand.

I have been young; now I am old;
yet not once have I seen the righteous abandoned
or his descendants begging for bread.
All day long he is generous and lends,
and his descendants are blessed.

If you turn from evil and do good,
you will live safely forever.
For Adonai loves justice
and will not abandon his faithful;
they are preserved forever.
But the descendants of the wicked will be cut off.

The righteous will inherit the land
and live in it forever.
The mouth of the righteous articulates wisdom,
his tongue speaks justice.
The Torah of his God is in his heart;
his footsteps do not falter.

The wicked keeps his eye on the righteous,
seeking a chance to kill him.
But Adonai will not leave him in his power
or let him be condemned when judged.
Put your hope in Adonai, keep to his way,
and he will raise you up to inherit the land.

When the wicked are cut off, you will see it.
I have seen a wicked man wielding great power,
flourishing like a shade tree in its native soil.
But I passed by again, and he was no longer there;
I looked for him, but he could not be found.

Observe the pure person, consider the upright;
for the peaceful person will have posterity.
But transgressors will all be destroyed;
the posterity of the wicked will be cut off.
Adonai is the one who saves the righteous;
he is their stronghold in time of trouble.
Adonai helps them and rescues them,
rescues them from the wicked and saves them;
because they take refuge in him (CJB).

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